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Planning Art Behind the TV

Ah, the TV. To most people, a source of entertainment and the thing all the furniture is pointed at. To someone that likes design, a living room eyesore.

It’s like that wall is screaming “a large TV is here!” at me. I tackled this problem in the condo, the second time more successfully, with a gallery wall.

I just realized this post could also be titled “the evolution of Maestro’s dog beds.”

Anyway, back to the point. In the apartment, I put a gallery wall behind my TV (all black and white by the way). I felt it would be odd to have a gallery wall on opposite walls.

The key to making a TV look less like it overpowers the room is large scale art. I’ve been obsessing over dark floral art lately (no surprise) and decided to try to take some photos myself.


Not too bad? Once I picked my favorite, I put it on my iPhone and randomly applied a filter and it was immediately perfection:

Once I took all these photos, and decided I was going to print at least one, my friend Jen had the great idea to mock up in Photoshop how it would look in the space. Brilliant, right?

The planter was Jen’s idea too. I ultimately decided on quote print + dark floral. I found the Warhol print from Etsy and bought a digital download. I also got the poster hangers from Etsy.

I promise this isn’t sponsored (believe me, not enough people read this), but this next part of the post is a huge shout out to Artifact Uprising. I’ve ordered multiple photo books and print sets from them and I LOVE their product. For these prints, I knew they were going to be big (30×40″) so I first tried to find a cheaper option, but everything was just that, cheap. I wanted a matte print and it needed to be high quality: it needed to last and also hang outside a frame. So, I decided to order large format prints from Artifact Uprising. When the prints arrived, the box had a huge dent and, as a result, so did the prints that were rolled inside. I thought they’d flatten, but there was a crease that wouldn’t go away. Artifact always has unbelievable quality, and this didn’t seem right, so I reached out. They immediately responded and got me new prints. Seriously, I love this company!

Anyway, two prints and a planter later, I think the TV wall looks pretty good!

Makes the room feel very Scandi style now. Maybe my new style is mid-century Scandinavian modern? Only time will tell…


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  • Reply Melanie | Artifact Uprising

    These prints turned out beautifully Mara — what a fantastic design makeover! So grateful for your post and your support.

    Wishing you all the best!
    Melanie @ Artifact Uprising

    July 25, 2017 at 11:57 am
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